Daily Post writing prompt: Menagerie

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Menagerie.”

I had pets… until 2 yrs ago but I do not have them now. We lost them one at a time since 2008 with Bear being the most recent.  I love pets.

I had 2 cats Tigger and Maybel. (Maybel was a little mentally special) and I had a dog. His name was Bear and he doted on Maybel, he was a Sheltie and he loved to herd the cats. Maybel never left the house but Tigger did. Bear would run out and bring him back in. Bear knew I wasn’t a strong swimmer and stressed out whenever I got into our pool. He would “rescue” me by tugging me back to the steps by my ponytail.

Tigger seemed to have had a heart attack or seizure and died. Bear was hit by a car and lost a leg, but it never slowed him down. We took Maybel and Bear to Texas and Bear stepped on Maybel as she was coming out from under the bed. All his weight (70 lbs) on one leg on her chest.. fractured her ribs and cut into her diaphragm. She had to be put down.

Then Bear had a stroke a couple of years ago. He was such a sweet baby, I miss him every day…. I am not ready to replace him with another dog. It wouldn’t be fair to the new dog… and the house we live in does not allow pets.We’re discussing getting another pet.


Published by: Kawanee Hamilton

Kawanee was born in Alexandria Louisiana but her first real memories are of Russellville Arkansas. She's always loved to read, and has always had an vivid imagination. She grew up in a house where almost everyone read, they didn't need a TV although she could still be found planted on her butt in front of her grandma's TV watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. She made up her first story with her mother when her cat died; it was about where pets go when they die. She continued to create stories from bad dreams she had and her dad would help her change nightmares to stories. They would sit up in a chair until the scary went away. He told her that: "Dreams, good or bad, are just stories your mind makes up. You are the author of your dreams; if you don't like them rewrite them. " She was hooked and has continued to read and write stories drawing from dreams, sights and just pure imagination. She just recently decided she'd like to try and get published and fail than wonder what if. Her story continues but where it goes from here is up to you, the Reader... She hopes you'll join her in finding out where her journey goes from here!

Categories Daily Prompts, My opinion, Randomness3 Comments

3 thoughts on “Daily Post writing prompt: Menagerie”

    1. I do…. I just want to make sure I’m fair to the pet. Worst thing you can do is go out and get a new one too quickly.

      Bear was 14, Tigger was 12 and Maybel was 10.

      It’s not fair to get a new one and then compare it to the pet before. Could lead to misplaced anger… resentment and what not.

      I’ll get one when I’m ready. Maybe 2! 😀


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